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October 2006

  • 11th October 2006

    Lesbian couple drop marriage appeal 10

    Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners

    12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose legal Canadian marriage was declared invalid by the High Court earlier this year has given up its appeal due to a lack of funds but vows to fight on through campaigns.University professors Sue Wilkinson, 52, and Celia Kitzinger, 50, will not be taking their fight to the Court of Appeal because of their current court bill of £25,000 which covers the government's legal costs for the case.

  • Scarlett Johansson ‘role model’ for sexual health

    Genevieve Clark, THT's director of communications called Johansson a great role model for sexual health

    12:00 AM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has praised Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson for addressing the importance of sexual health.The group welcomed her comments which she made in an interview with Allure magazine.Speaking about her relationships she insists she is not promiscuous but said that getting tested for STD's is part of being a "socially aware."

  • Conservative US politics deterring gay visitors

    The war in Iraq was seen as a deterrent to 58 percent of respondents, and pending legislation that would place a ban on gay marriage in the United States was a deterrent to 59 percent

    12:00 AM — A new study says that US conservative politics deters people from travelling to the America.The study, produced by Community Marketing, surveyed more than 7,500 gays and lesbians worldwide.According to the study, lesbians and gay men from Canada were more deterred by US politics than respondents from other parts of the world.

  • LGBT community talks about sexuality

    Gay and lesbian campaigners, politicians and celebrities are encouraging other LGBT people to feel the freedom of admitting their sexuality openly

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian campaigners, politicians and celebrities are encouraging other LGBT people to feel the freedom of admitting their sexuality openly to mark National Coming Out Day.The event, commemorated today, started in Washington in 1987 when half a million LGBT people and supporters marched together for gay equality, in its 19th year it is still campaigning for people to be out and proud.

  • 10th October 2006

    Bermuda church denies “gay bashing” plans

    Churches in Bermuda were planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A church conference in Bermuda has promised to steer clear of "gay bashing."Churches in Bermuda were planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality.

  • Gay activists oppose Iran deportations

    n February 2006, Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk first declared her intention to end the moratorium, stating that “It appears that there are no cases of an execution on the basis of the sole fact that someone is homosexual. ... For homosexual men and women it is not totally impossible to function in society, although they should be wary of coming out of the closet too openly“

    12:00 AM — As the Netherlands mulls resuming deportations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender asylum seekers back to Iran, and Sweden begins such deportations again, human rights activists are urging both European governments to adhere to their international legal obligations not to send people back to the risk of torture.Human Rights Watch has written letters toDutch and Swedish authorities saying the states cannot return people to countries where they face torture, ill-treatment or death, a fate known to be awaiting LGBT in Iran where Sharia law proscribes the death penalty for homosexuality.

  • Gay bars to monitor street smoking 5

    The potential problems caused by smokers outside premises in the West End has been raised by Westminster City Council in its response to the Department of Health's consultation on the introduction of the smoking ban

    12:00 AM — Gay bars in Soho welcomed the idea of a smoking ban when MPs passed a bill prohibiting it earlier this year, and now Westminster Council has taken another step by ensuring the smokers won't just be moved outside.The local authority of Westminster contains many gay venues which will have to ensure there customers no longer light up from next year, but the Council wants to make sure the new law doesn't result in customers smoking in the street.

  • Queer women campaign for better healthcare

    The group claims that healthcare for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in Scotland is marginalised and underfunded

    12:00 AM — A lesbian, bisexual and transgender health group is looking for Scottish women to talk about sex.Queer Women's Action (QWA) is organising a weekend seminar in Pilochry for women from all over Scotland to come and share their experiences of healthcare in the country.

  • Mental health day important for gay community 4

    Earlier this year a study by the Mental Health Foundation found that a quarter of young gay or bisexual men in Northern Ireland have attempted suicide

    12:00 AM — Mental health charities are joining together today to stop the increasing rates of suicide caused by severe depression, an issue of great importance to the gay community.World Mental Health Day, an international awareness campaign, aims to highlight the plight of those people suffering from severe mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia, which can lead to suicide.

  • Little Britain star’s panto partnership

    Little Britain star Matt Lucas is planning a Christmas  panto style theme

    12:00 AM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas is planning a Christmas panto style theme for his upcoming civil partnership, according to reports.The comedian is rumoured to be considering Captain Hook, Mother Goose and Aladdin guises for a pantomime themed union with his partner Kevin McGee this December.

  • Contradictory gay proposals make Colorado ballot

    According to Colorado's Vail Daily, Referendum I proposes legalising domestic partnerships, which would confer a variety of rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples while amendment 43 would add a constitutional amendment defining marriage as “one man and one woman“  (photo: Chris Patriarca)

    12:00 AM — Two proposals regarding same-sex couples that appear to contradictory to each other have made their way onto Colorado's November ballot.According to Colorado's Vail Daily, Referendum I proposes legalising domestic partnerships, which would confer a variety of rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples while amendment 43 would add a constitutional amendment defining marriage as "one man and one woman."

  • Michigan Judge’s nomination halted over gay marriage ceremony

    The nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff to the federal bench is on hold because she helped lead a commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple

    12:00 AM — The nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff to the federal bench is on hold because she helped lead a commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple four years ago, reports the Grand Rapids Press.Senator Sam Brownback, of Kansas, an opponent of gay marriage who has presidential aspirations, said he wants to know whether there was anything illegal or improper about the ceremony in Massachusetts.

  • Stonewall denies preferential gay treatment 1

    Gay charity Stonewall has rubbished a report which claims that special interest groups such as the gay community are turning the United Kingdom into a nation of victims

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has rubbished a report which claims that special interest groups such as the gay community are turning the United Kingdom into a nation of victims and undermining legal equality.The book We're (Nearly) All Victims Now! published by the Civitas think tank estimates that around 73% of the population now make up victim groups which undermines equality before the law.

  • Rhode Island lesbians marry out of state

    After being denied a marriage license in Massachusetts, Wendy Becker and Mary Norton challenged a 1913 state law that prohibits out-of-state residents from marrying

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island who won the right to marry in Massachusetts because laws in their home state do not expressly prohibit same-sex marriage, tied the knot before friends and family in a ceremony held last weekend.After being denied a marriage license in Massachusetts, Wendy Becker and Mary Norton challenged a 1913 state law that prohibits out-of-state residents from marrying if the union would not be permitted in their home state.

  • 9th October 2006

    Bermuda churches boycott ‘anti-gay’ service

    The Bermuda coat of arms

    12:00 AM — Churches in Bermuda are planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality.A third of churches believe the service, organised by United By Faith, will preach that the Human Rights Act should not protect sexual orientation.

  • Taiwan to promote gay equality

    The Taiwanese Ministry of Education is offering courses to promote gender equality

    12:00 AM — The Taiwanese Ministry of Education is offering courses to promote gender equality after a survey revealed that gay students are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.The research conducted by the education department found that almost 13 percent of homosexual college students are suffering from severe depression and are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Gay star reunites Wham! 4

    The group, made up of gay artist George Michael and Andrew Ridgley will play a special Christmas concert

    12:00 AM — Camp pop band Wham! are set for a one off reunion, according to reports.The group, made up of gay artist George Michael and Andrew Ridgley will play a special Christmas concert including all the bands classic hits as part of Michael's current world tour.

  • Anti-gay schoolgirl fails homework assignment 1

    Evangelicals and conservative politicians are reportedly outraged that the 13-year-old was failed for expressing her religious beliefs at the Brisbane school

    12:00 AM — An Australian schoolgirl has failed an assignment after refusing to write about homosexuality,Evangelicals and conservative politicians are reportedly outraged that the 13-year-old was failed for expressing her religious beliefs at the Brisbane school.

  • Gay UK designer to select EU logo

    A gay designer has been invited to help choose a new logo for the European Union

    12:00 AM — A gay designer has been invited to help choose a new logo for the European Union.Tony Malone, partner in the UK design agency, Design for Diversity, is one of eleven EU experts chosen to advise on the winning design for a competition launched earlier this year by the European Union to create a logo for the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

  • Prince Charles joins gay church debate 1

    The British public usually expects controversial gaffes to come from Prince Philip, but now like father like son, the Prince of Wales looks set to anger the Church of England

    12:00 AM — The British public usually expects controversial gaffes to come from Prince Philip, but now like father like son, the Prince of Wales looks set to anger the Church of England after backing the denomination's first openly gay clergyman.Prince Charles praised the openness of the late Harry Williams, who used his autobiography in 1982 to come out.

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